“Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something roars in and it turns you about.” Connie Kaldor writes this and more about the unexpected twists and turns of life and love. She could well be writing about her personal artistic complexities. Music pundits have tried to define the essence of the prairie-born acoustic performer for over two decades, but even the most eloquent have fallen short of perfection.
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Luke Gossage-Bleho, the voice and face of this combo, is a Vanier music student, studying classical trombone but equally engaged in multiple musical genres, from jazz standards to modern country classics. He is a member of the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Vanier Big Band. He can also be found belting out an eclectic selection of popular tunes, anything from Frank Sinatra to Bill Withers to Beyoncé, as the lead singer and bass player in the guitar driven cover band ‘Old Mills’.
Ariana Borjian is Luke’s contemporary. She is a gifted singer, whose voice has a clear and effortless quality. Luke and Ariana first paired up to perform duets on a Sunday afternoon at the Cambridge Residence in Pointe Claire. Since then they have performed locally, often at charity events. At the Solstice Jam, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue’s largest fund-raising concert event, their performance brought the house to its feet!
Luke is fortunate enough to be able to play with two extremely talented mentors, Bill Gossage and Pete Gossage. Their combined musical experience is priceless. Bill is a mainstay in the Montreal musical scene, having performed with an impressive list of artists including Linda Morrison, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Susie Arioli and, of course, the one and only Connie Kaldor.
Pete is a Concordia history professor who moonlights as a jazz musician. He is a self-taught guitarist whose musical influences include Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Jim Hall, of course, but also his three musician brothers and their amazing grandmother, the Irish/Quebec fiddler Annie O’Rourke. He has been heard in recent years with various combos in and around his adopted home town of Knowlton, including frequent gigs at the Sutton Jazz Festival.
Together they play mostly jazz standards with a few surprises thrown in.
Doors open at 7:30 PM. Show Starts at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door.
24 Maple Ave.
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